ESPN – Ken Griffey Jr. and Trevor Hoffman are among 15 newcomers on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot and will face a newly trimmed electorate along with steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. David Eckstein, Troy Glaus, Mike Hampton, Mike Lowell and Billy Wagner also are among the players eligible for the first time on the 32-man ballot announced Monday. A vote of at least 75 percent from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America is needed for election. Results will be announced Jan. 6.
Why is David Eckstein on this list? .280 lifetime hitter. Batted over .300 exactly once. This guy’s stat line is total garbage. Only statistical category he has ever led is hit by pitches and by my calculations, that isn’t exactly an unlearnable skill set. That is what we made the fat kid in little league do. Just because he is an undersized, overachiever doesn’t mean he should be on the HOF ballot, even in spite of his World Series MVP. David Eckstein is not Dustin Pedroia.
Should be fun getting to see the smoothest swing baseball has ever seen get voted in, though.
Junior was so cool.